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Doctor insights on: Preventing Vaginal Yeast Infections

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Does yogurt help prevent vaginal yeast infections?

Does yogurt help prevent vaginal yeast infections?

Apparently not: Studies that have been done do not show a significant difference in number of yeast infections in women who eat yogurt versus those who don't. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What are some ways to prevent recurring vaginal yeast infections for someone who gets them quite easily (besides probiotic)?

What are some ways to prevent recurring vaginal yeast infections for someone who gets them quite easily (besides probiotic)?

Treat intestines!: Recurrent vaginal yeast is usually caused by yeast overgrowth in our intestines, known as intestinal candidiasis, a common side effect of antibiotics & hormones. This is treated with a low starch diet, probiotics & antifungal drugs or herbs. See http://www. Huffingtonpost. Com/dr-mark-hyman/yeast-infection-symptoms_b_657354.Html & http://bit. Ly/1aeoabl. ...Read more

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What are the causes of recurring vaginal yeast infections?

What are the causes of recurring vaginal yeast infections?

Several: Antibiotic use most common, sometimes illness, more likely in summer/ hot weather. Illness can as well. Injury, some chemicals (ie spermacides in some), diabetes, non breathing clothing can all contribute. ...Read more

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Do fibre bran kellogs/cereals cause vaginal yeast infections?

I am aware of no: Connection between this cereal and yeast. However, sugar feeds yeast. So if you eat a lot of high sugar foods that could impact yeast growth. ...Read more

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Can having frequent vaginal yeast infections mean you have hiv?

Can having frequent vaginal yeast infections mean you have hiv?

HIV: Possibly, but this would also mean that you were either having symptomatic acute HIV syndrome or that you got HIV infection years ago and are now showing immune deficiency. If you think you have been exposed to HIV the best thing to do is to go and get tested. ...Read more

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Are probiotics good to help keep away vaginal yeast infections?

Are probiotics good to help keep away vaginal yeast infections?

It is possible: Risks have been identified and include mild gas and bloating, possible bacterial infection and possible overstimulation of the immune system in families with infants, the cost and taste may be prohibitive as well more serious concerns are potential changes in growth parameters of infants with large amounts of probiotic supplementation, unhealthy changes in metabolism. ...Read more

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What can cause recurring vaginal yeast infections even with the use of probiotic?

What can cause recurring vaginal yeast infections even with the use of probiotic?

Intestinal yeast: Recurrent vaginal yeast is usually caused by yeast overgrowth in our intestines, known as intestinal candidiasis, a common side effect of antibiotics ; hormones. This is treated with a low starch diet, probiotics ; antifungal drugs or herbs. See http://www. Huffingtonpost. Com/dr-mark-hyman/yeast-infection-symptoms_b_657354.Html ; http://bit. Ly/1aeoabl. ...Read more

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Can empirically treating vaginal yeast infections create resistances to antifungals?

Resistance: That potential is always present. What is more disturbing, however, is that you may be using antifungal medication against conditions not really due to yeast infection. ...Read more

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Is it healthier to NOT wear underwear to avoid vaginal yeast infections? Why or why not?

Not healthier: You want to wear 100 % cotton underwear and wash that underwear at at least 140 degree Fahrenheit. ...Read more

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I have had recurring vaginal yeast infections. Diflucan (fluconazole) and terzol work for a week or so but infection comes back. Nothing seems to help?

I have had recurring vaginal yeast infections. Diflucan (fluconazole) and terzol work for a week or so but infection comes back. Nothing seems to help?

Are you diabetic?: See your doctor to check for problems that can predispose to yeast infections;e.g., immune problems, diabetes, heavy or repeated use of broad spectrum antibiotics. Your doctor can run screening lab tests to check on why you have chronic yeast infections. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infections break the hymen?

Can vaginal yeast infections break the hymen?

No, but...: No, but it doesn't matter. Treat the yeast. Don't worry about the hymen. Usually, only in cases of alleged sexual assault upon girls and women do we physicians engage in the careful examination of hymens, collecting evidence of physical damage to be used later in courts of law. In normal everyday life, people should not be "checking hymens" nor thinking about whether they are broken or not broken. ...Read more

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Can soap give females vaginal yeast infections?

Not usual: Soaps should not give a person a yeast infection. Diabetes or essentially a sugary environment (such as that seen with Diabetes and sugar in the urine) as well as antibiotics (which kill bacteria and can make the yeast thrive) are risk factors for yeast infections. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infections spread to the anus easily?

Can vaginal yeast infections spread to the anus easily?

Yes, if conditions rt: The yeast that causes the vaginal yeast infection is also normally in the stool. The close proximity of the areas allows cross contamination of the site & a possibility of a diaper rash like change around the anus. This is not likely to occur if the skin of the anus is healthy & dry but increases if raw & wet.Inflammation from scratching or bacterial infections can also lead to yeast overgrowth. ...Read more

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What OTC drugs cure vaginal yeast infections in one day?

What OTC drugs cure vaginal yeast infections in one day?

Probably none: There are several otc vaginal yeast infection treatments available - most are multiple day vaginal creams. There is one that requires only one dose. One dose doesn't necessarily mean one day cure - it could take more than one day for the medication to be effective. Most of the otc yeast medications are effective about 70% of the time - if your symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infections be transmitted through oral sex?

Not likely.: That would assume your partner had oral candida. This would be rare. Some women simply have more problems with vaginal yeast infection, probably because of their own immune response to fungi. ...Read more

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Can there be an operation to help chronic vaginal yeast infections?

No: There is no surgery, but there is very effective medical management. Suppressive anti-fungal medication can work up to 98% of cases. ...Read more

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Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable of fermenting ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more